Migratory heron (spring: March – April, autumn: end of August – October) for Akamas peninsula, with a small number breeding in a few locations on the island. Part of the species population that lives in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa but also a sub-population that overwinters around the Nile river estuary, migrates mainly in SE Europe and parts of western Asia, as well as several sparse areas of southern Europe and a small area along the coast of NW Africa (Morocco) where it breeds.
During the migration it uses mostly the shoreline to go along the Akamas peninsula, flying over the sea or close to the coast. It often uses rocky islets and coastal spots to rest. It’s mostly seen is small groups or individuals, often mixed with other heron / egret species.
A medium sized heron with rusty brown color. In flight it looks mostly white with brown back.